Saturday, March 13, 2010

War Machine Attempts to Sell Organs on eBay to Pay Legal Fees - The Long Strange Trip of Jon Koppenhaver


Former UFC fighter and current porn star Jon Koppenhaver, whose name has been legally changed to War Machine due to a trademark dispute, has now officially surpassed Junie Browning as the most notorious fighter in MMA. On March 13, 2010, War Machine posted an eBay listing for a "28 year old pro athlete piece of liver or kidney" with a starting bid of $50,000 and customer-friendly free shipping! While he didn't actually specify if the organs for sale were his, or perhaps from some other 28-year-old athlete stored in his freezer, it would seem offering any organs for sale, even if they're your own, is likely not legal in the United States. This eBay listing (which surely won't last long) could be the cause of yet another War Machine mugshot.

eBay Description:
My fiance is in immigration detention and I NEED money for lawyers. I'm a 28 year old professional athlete. VERY healthy and seriously ready to do this. E-Bay will disable this ad soon so send me a message with your phone number. Lets make this happen.

War Machine is no stranger to criminal activity. In September 2007, the then-Jon Koppenhaver was found guilty of striking a man and choking him unconscious in a parking lot brawl. War Machine remains on probation for this conviction, which was handed down just weeks before the premiere of The Ultimate Fighter 6: Team Hughes vs. Team Serra. Koppenhaver was featured on TUF 6, and lost in the opening round to eventual runner-up Tommy Speer by decision. Despite his tournament loss, Koppenhaver was given a spot on the UFC TUF 6 Finale card, and put on a spectacular show, winning Fight of the Night honors in a KO victory over Jared Rollins. Koppenhaver lost his next UFC bout by submission in less than a minute to Yoshiyuki Yoshida. Koppenhaver was released from the UFC after rejecting a fight with Brandon Wolff, and for posting the following on his MySpace account about the death of UFC veteran Evan Tanner:
What else is an underpaid fighter supposed to do at the end of his career? Cash in his 401K? Collect social security? Start to work some shit job for 10 bucks an hour? (MMA) ain’t boxing, and if you’re not Chuck [Liddell] or Tito Ortiz, you don’t get paid dick.
War Machine had this to say to the MMAjunkie about fighting Brandon Wolff at the time:
Who in the hell is Wolff? So, I looked him up and made some phone calls. I’ve got a lot of friends in Hawaii — ‘Rude Boy’ (Troy Mandaloniz), Kendall Grove, my trainer. I got the same thing from everybody. They all said the guy is savage, sick, tough as hell, a really tough fighter and a really tough fight. Basically we all came to the conclusion that I have nothing to gain from the fight. I want to fight someone with a name. I said, ‘Give me Josh Burkman. Give me Dustin Hazelett. Give me someone with a name.’
Instead, Koppenhaver was given his UFC walking papers, and the real War Machine was born. This would only be the beginning of his words (via his fingers) getting him into trouble. In early 2009, War Machine was signed to the upstart MMA promotion Bellator Fighting Championships. The signing would be short-lived, however, as he took to MySpace again, this time to write a death wish for the newly-elected President Barack Obama.
I hope someone smokes that f-cker and every president to come until they can actually give us a candidate that is truly one of THE PEOPLE.
Despite his subsequent pleas of freedom of speech, War Machine was given his Bellator walking papers before he even got to fight for the promotion.

Now, War Machine spends most of his time unleashing his inner demons via 140-character Tweets. It is not unusual to log onto Twitter late at night to find him on a drunken rant, giving graphic details about his sexual activities and desires, drug use, or expressing his hatred of life, threatening suicide...or worse. Several months ago, War Machine was interviewed by the FBI due to comments he made on Twitter about killing himself and taking all his enemies with him. Although he wasn't charged with any crimes for his drunken murder-suicide Tweets, War Machine did change his Twitter account to private after that.

Due to his outrageous online rants putting a damper on his MMA income, forcing him to accept smaller payouts on the independent scene, War Machine decided to take the next logical step in an already insane narrative, and became a full-fledged porn star. On Halloween 2009, War Machine made the following announcement online:
So I said f-ck it! I signed with LA Direct Models this week and today I did my first porn scene! (laugh out loud) I shot for Digital Playground with their girl Riley Steele, was f-cking awesome! I was nervous as sh-t but I came through. I'm still gonna fight, just gonna do this too because fighting isn't quite enough money and you all know I ain't trying to work! In life I have come to learn that all I enjoy is eating, sleeping, fighting and f-cking! F-ck it! I'm living the dream, getting PAID to fight and f-ck! What more could I ask for?
As probably should be expected when a mentally unhinged prize fighter joins the drug-addled porn scene, chaos would soon ensue. War Machine was arrested again in November 2009, this time for attacking a group of people at porn starlet Brooke Haven's birthday party. He originally fled the scene before police arrived, and was arrested several days later. War Machine was said to have been fighting up to a dozen people, including sending his porn manager to the hospital, and there are conflicting reports that he struck his porn star girlfriend Alanah Rae. The action-adventure scene reportedly started after War Machine became angry that Rae, who works as a stripper and has sex for money on camera, was flirting with other men at the party. In a text to Terez Owens, Haven described the melee:
So far, War Machine broke one guy’s jaw. Another guy received staples in his head. A third person walked away with a broken nose. Several others walked away with scrapes, bruises and cuts.
War Machine, who if nothing else has been at the forefront of utilizing social networking, albeit to his own demise, tweeted about the incident shortly afterwards, writing on Twitter:
F-ck...last night was NOT good...lil' misunderstanding and then WM was back in effect and the bodies hit the floor. I'm f-cked...Pretty sure my porn days are over. Prolly be going to jail too...when they find me...haha!
They did find him. And he did go to jail. But he's out now. And looking to sell his organs on eBay to pay his legal fees, which may now include an illegal immigrant girlfriend.

War Machine explained his desire to sell his organs with the following Tweets from his official Twitter account in the wee hours of the morning on March 13, 2010:
How can I sell a kidney or piece of liver??? SERIOUSLY!?
F-CK A LAW!!! If you know someone who needs a kidney or piece of liver hit me up NO JOKE! I'm healthy and FOR SALE!
Pass it along to any well off sick friends or family NO JOKE!
My fiance is in immigration jail and I have two other court cases in Vegas...I NEED money! Someone needs LIFE! Let's do it!
I'm the most loyal son of a bitch there is! I sell my organs for the people I love! I'm serious! This is win win! I get $$ your fam-LIFE!
F-CK the USA! Can't even sell a f-cking kidney!? WTF!?
IT'S MINE!
What kind of "free" country is it if I can't sell my organs!??? WTF!?
F-CK THE USA!!!!! F-ck everyone! I just want to be happy! Let me sell my shit! It's mine bitches!
Bitches! My organs are strong! I'm hard as f-ck! Buy my organs! Tell your fam!
F-ck all the bullshit! Sick of it! I wanna be free! Really free not this gay America shit!
To be continued...

Friday, March 12, 2010

VIDEO: UFC Countdown to Brandon Vera vs Jon Jones - 22-Minute Preview of First UFC Main Event Fight Live on Versus



UFC ON VERSUS 1: VERA VS. JONES will be held Sunday March 21, 2010 at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado. The main card will air live on Versus, the cable network home of the UFC's sister company WEC. The main event will feature a light heavyweight contest between top prospects Brandon "The Truth" Vera and Jon "Bones" Jones.


Jon Jones pictured above sending Stephan Bonnar for a ride with a suplex.

COMPLETE UFC ON VERSUS 1: VERA VS. JONES Fight Card

Thursday, March 11, 2010

What Do You Mean, GSP is Not Fighting At This Event? WEC (insert number or whatever here) - A Lady’s First Live MMA


GUEST EDITORIAL BY GIDGET

So, this is a report on my first live MMA event (editor's note - WEC 47: BOWLES VS. CRUZ), coming from the perspective of a female relative newbie viewer. My boyfriend fights, and my best friend writes, and as far as sports go, MMA is the only sport (besides pro wrestling, woo!) that I don’t consider a colossal waste of my time, so I am not a complete newb. But I have to admit that up until this event, unless I was watching my boyfriend, GSP, Sexyama, or the occasional female fight (my favorite lady match is still an old one where a tiny Japanese woman whomps a Russian giantess thrice her size), I have mostly snoozed, planned trips, thought about chores, daydreamed about food, or otherwise distracted myself through more TV matches than I have managed to pay attention to. So this is my report on the first event in which I watched every match I saw from start to finish. I even took notes!

OK, before I talk about the card, first impressions.

First, you might as well pay more for the floor seats. I thought I bought my boyfriend Bill pretty good tickets on the second level, but we could really only see well enough to know what was happening by watching on the TitanTron. I would like some of those writer’s seats next time – Randy?

Second, American, or maybe just Ohioan, audiences are rude. They yell weird things or constantly bellow inanely obvious (even to me) commentary. They boo when the fighters do anything that doesn’t resemble boxing. Matching-dressed guys take over entire rows that include your assigned seat. People behind you dangle their shoes in your hair. And while Team Meathead remained comfortably in our seats, I, giantly pregnant, had to repeatedly relocate for people who showed up for their own assigned seats and barreled toward me, apparently oblivious to the fact that if a woman is very obviously giantly pregnant the polite thing to do is stand in the aisle allowing her to waddle out first, not rush down the row (you really can’t wait for someone to exit SEAT 3?) and force her to hustle into several irritating contortionist moves just so you can get to your seat ten seconds faster. I can report that I have hopefully improved the inane narrative a little for the next show that hits Columbus, as several members of the rude audience who made me stand up and publicly adjust my maternity pants for the umpteenth time learned some new swear words that they can use next time they want to attend an MMA event and yell at the fighters for having the gall to confuse them by using skills other than those routinely employed by bikers in a bar fight.

OK, that’s enough prelim! What did I see in the fights?

VIDEO: UFC Countdown to Junior Dos Santos vs Gabriel Gonzaga Live on Versus - 15-Minute Heavyweight Preview



UFC ON VERSUS 1: VERA VS. JONES will be held Sunday March 21, 2010 at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado. The main card will air live on Versus, which will be the debut of the UFC on the cable network home of the promotion's sister company WEC. Former UFC title contender Gabriel "Napao" Gonzaga and Junior "Cigano" Dos Santos, who is undefeated in the Octagon, will square off in the co-main event, in a battle of Brazilian heavyweights.


COMPLETE UFC ON VERSUS 1: VERA VS. JONES Fight Card

Stephan Bonnar Loses Australian Headbutt Appeal, Rematch with Krzysztof Soszynski Likely at the UFC 116 in July


Something other than Vegemite has left a bad taste in Stephan Bonnar's mouth after his recent trip to Australia to fight at UFC 110: NOGUEIRA VS. VELASQUEZ. The Combat Sports Authority of New South Wales, the regulatory commission that oversaw the UFC's first Australian event, has denied an appeal from Bonnar to change the result of his fight with Krzysztof Soszynski at UFC 110 to a no contest, after an accidental headbutt cut Bonnar's forehead in the third round. The cut lead to the fight being stopped by the ringside doctor, and the victory was awarded to Soszynski by TKO. Referee John Sharp, who working his first UFC event, ruled the cut was due to a Soszynski elbow, which would've been a legal blow and would've justified Soszynski's victory. However, it was clear from the video, and the opinion of UFC commentators Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan, that the cut had actually been caused by an incidental clashing of heads between the fighters. Stephan Bonnar explained his appeal to Northwest Indiana Times:
I have never been wronged so bad in a situation that was so obvious. I still can't understand the referee. I just want what is fair. How do 20,000 people, including my opponent and the commentators, see that a clash of heads occurred and the referee not see it? I feel like I'm in a pro wrestling match, where one of the wrestlers hits his opponent over the head with a chair when the referee's back's turned. Everyone in the arena sees what happened but the ref, then the ref gets down and gives the three-count and gives the guy the win. It really feels like that. Why he didn’t look up at the replay, which they showed about 30 times, I have no idea.
The CSA of NSW ruled "not to interfere with the referee's decision." The MMAjunke was notified of this decision via e-mail by Craig Waller, Executive Director of the CSA of NSW. So, the bad news for Bonnar is that the UFC 110 decision stands, and he has now officially, officially lost 3 fights in a row. The good news for Bonnar is that a rematch with Krzysztof Soszynski appears to be in order for the UFC 116 on July 3, 2010. The first fight resulted in an exciting back-and-forth brawl with an anticlimactic finish. Hopefully next time we'll get a more decisive finish along with more of the same action-filled excitement of the first installment.

Krzysztof Soszynski, who is actually a million times more empathetic and reasonable than his outside heavily-tattooed appearance would suggest, immediately acknowledged the accidental headbutt as the cause of the cut and said he was open to a rematch. Soszynski, however, was not surprised by the Combat Sports Authority's ruling to not overturn the official result. Soszynski had this to say about it to the MMAjunkie:
To have a fight stopped on a clash of heads like that – yeah, there was a lot of blood pouring, but I kind of wish they would have let it go because I've seen a lot worse cuts that were let go before in the past. As far as the decision not to overturn it, there's not much I can say about that. I kind of figured that it wouldn't be changed. It is what it is. It happens. It's part of the sport. We're just going to have to move on and deal with it. Hopefully we get another chance to fight each other, and then we'll find out who the better man is.
Looks like both fighters will get that chance to settle the controversy come Independence Day weekend.

COMPLETE UFC 116 FIGHT CARD

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

PAYDAY - WEC 47 Fighter Salaries - Purse Amounts and Bonus Earnings for 3/6/10


The Ohio Athletic Commission has released the following purse amounts for WEC 47: BOWLES VS. CRUZ, held Saturday March 6, 2010 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH, as reported to them by the WEC. Winning fighters in RED. Joseph Benavidez was the top earner of the night.

The salaries do not include any individual endorsement earnings for fighters for this event, nor do they include any undisclosed bonuses. Fighters pay out of pocket for licensing fees and related expenses, and spend months training in preparation for these fights.

Dominick Cruz made $18,000 ($9K base salary + $9K win bonus) for 10:00 TKO win.

Brian Bowles made $12,000 for 10:00 TKO loss.

Joseph Benavidez made $39,000 ($14.5 base salary + $14.5 win bonus + $10K SUB bonus) for 7:57 submission win.

Miguel Torres made $26,000 for 7:57 submission loss.

Javier Vazquez made $12,000 ($6K + $6K) for 3:41 submission win.

Jens Pulver made $14,000 for 3:41 submission loss.

L.C. Davis made $18,000 ($9K + $9K) for 15:00 majority decision win.

Deividas Taurosevicius made $9,000 for 15:00 majority decision loss.

Bart Palaszewski made $12,000 ($6K + $6K) for 4:40 submission win.

Karen Darabedyan made $4,000 for 4:40 submission loss.

Scott Jorgensen made $16,000 ($8K + $8K) for 0:31 submission win.

Chad George made $3,000 for 0:31 submission loss.

Chad Mendes made $8,000 ($4K + $4K) for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

Erik Koch made $3,000 for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.

Anthony Pettis made $16,000 ($8K + $8K + $10K KO bonus) for 2:27 KO win.

Danny Castillo made $9,500 for 2:27 KO loss.

Leonard Garcia made $24,000 ($14K base salary + $10K FOTN bonus) for 15:00 draw.

George Roop made $13,000 ($3K base salary + $10K FOTN bonus) for 15:00 draw.

Fredson Paixao made $4,000 ($2K + $2K) for 2:39 submission win.

Courtney Buck made $3,000 for 2:39 submission loss.

Ricardo Lamas made $10,000 ($5K + $5K) for 3:43 KO win.

Bendy Casimir made $3,000 for 3:43 KO loss.

TOP 10 OVERALL EARNERS

 1. Joseph Benavidez ($39K)
 2. Miguel Torres ($26K)
 3. Leonard Garcia ($24K)
 4. Dominick Cruz ($18K)
 4. L.C. Davis ($18K)
 6. Scott Jorgensen ($16K)
 6. Anthony Pettis ($16K)
 8. Jens Pulver ($14K)
 9. George Roop ($13K)
10. Brian Bowles ($12K)
10. Javier Vazquez ($12K)
10. Bart Palaszewski ($12K)

TOP 10 BASE SALARIES

 1. Miguel Torres ($26K)
 2. Joseph Benavidez ($14.5K)
 3. Jens Pulver ($14K)
 3. Leonard Garcia ($14K)
 5. Brian Bowles ($12K)
 6. Danny Castillo ($9.5K)
 7. Dominick Cruz ($9K)
 7. L.C. Davis ($9K)
 7. Deividas Taurosevicius ($9K)
10. Scott Jorgensen ($8K)

BOTTOM 5 OVERALL EARNERS

 1. Bendy Casimir ($3K)
 1. Courtney Buck ($3K)
 1. Erik Koch ($3K)
 1. Chad George ($3K)
 5. Fredson Paixao ($4K)
 5. Karen Darabedyan ($4K)

COST BY FIGHT

Dominick Cruz vs. Brian Bowles ($30,000)

Joseph Benavidez vs. Miguel Torres ($55,000) + ($10,000 bonus)

Javier Vazquez vs. Jens Pulver ($26,000)

L.C. Davis vs. Deividas Taurosevicius ($27,000)

Bart Palaszewski vs. Karen Darabedyan ($16,000)

Scott Jorgensen vs. Chad George ($19,000)

Chad Mendes vs. Erik Koch ($11,000)

Anthony Pettis vs. Danny Castillo ($15,500) + ($10,000 bonus)

Leonard Garcia vs. George Roop ($17,000) + ($20,000 bonuses)

Fredson Paixao vs. Courtney Buck ($7,000)

Ricardo Lamas vs. Bendy Casimir ($13,000)

OFFICIAL WEC 47 BONUSES

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Leonard Garcia vs. George Roop ($10,000 each)

KNOCKOUT OF THE NIGHT: Anthony Pettis ($10,000)

SUBMISSION OF THE NIGHT: Joseph Benavidez ($10,000)

TOTAL DISCLOSED PAYROLL: $236,500 + $30,000 bonuses

WEC 47 drew 8,345 attendants.

PAYDAY: Strikeforce Challengers 6 Fighter Salaries - Purse Amounts and Bonus Earnings for 2/26/10 San Jose Event


The CSAC (California State Athletic Commission) has released the following purse amounts for STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 6: KAUFMAN VS. HASHI, held Friday February 26, 2010 at the San Jose Civic Auditorium in San Jose, CA, as reported to them by Strikeforce. Winning fighters in RED. Trevor Prangley was the top earner of the night.

The salaries do not include any individual endorsement earnings for fighters for this event, nor do they include any undisclosed bonuses. Fighters pay out of pocket for licensing fees and related expenses, and spend months training in preparation for these fights. Takayo Hashi, as is often the case with Japanese fighters in Strikeforce, was likely given a non-typical contract and was paid the remainder of her salary in Japan.

Sarah Kaufman made $14,000 ($7K base salary + $7K win bonus) for 25:00 unanimous decision win.

Takayo Hashi made $500 for 25:00 unanimous decision loss.

Karl Amoussou made $8,000 for 4:14 Technical Draw.

Trevor Prangley made $15,000 for 4:14 Technical Draw.

Luke Rockhold made $9,000 ($4.5K + $4.5K) for 2:24 TKO win.

Paul Bradley made $4,000 for 2:24 TKO loss.

Tarec Saffiedine made $8,000 ($4K + $4K) for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

James Terry made $5,000 for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.

Yancy Medeiros made $6,000 ($3K + $3K) for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

Raul Castillo made $4,500 for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.

Wayne Phillips made $500 (no win bonus) for 4:27 submission win.

Eric Lawson made $500 for 4:27 submission loss.

TOP 5 OVERALL EARNERS

 1. Trevor Prangley ($15K)
 2. Sarah Kaufman ($14K)
 3. Luke Rockhold ($9K)
 4. Karl Amoussou ($8K)
 4. Tarec Saffiedine ($8K)

TOP 5 BASE SALARIES

 1. Trevor Prangley ($15K)
 2. Karl Amoussou ($8K)
 3. Sarah Kaufman ($7K)
 4. James Terry ($5K)
 5. Luke Rockhold ($4.5K)
 5. Raul Castillo ($4.5K)

COST BY FIGHT

Sarah Kaufman vs. Takayo Hashi ($14,500)

Karl Amoussou vs. Trevor Prangley ($23,000)

Luke Rockhold vs. Paul Bradley ($13,000)

Tarec Saffiedine vs. James Terry ($13,000)

Yancy Medeiros vs. Raul Castillo ($10,500)

Wayne Phillips vs. Eric Lawson ($1,000)

TOTAL DISCLOSED PAYROLL: $75,000

STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 6 drew 2,318 attendants for a $86,440 live gate.

Based on these numbers, the average ticket price was approximately $37.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

SRC 12 QUICK RESULTS - Spoilers for Sengoku Raiden Championship Event Held 3/7/10 in Tokyo, Japan

SENGOKU RAIDEN CHAMPIONSHIP 12 was held Sunday March 7, 2010 at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan. The event was not broadcast live in North America, but instead will be shown via tape delay on March 12 at 10:00 pm EST on HDNet.

SPOILERS AFTER THE BREAK

WEC 47 RESULTS: Complete Recap with Madman Awards from Bowles vs Cruz - 3/6/10 Columbus Event



WEC 47: BOWLES VS. CRUZ was held Saturday March 6, 2010 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The event took place amongst the festivities of the Arnold Classic Sports Festival 2010. The top two fights on the card featured the top four ranked bantamweight fighters on the planet, with the WEC Bantamweight Championship at stake in the main event.

The headlining fight saw the crowning of a new champion, as Dominick "Dominator" Cruz took care of business for two rounds, before Brian Bowles bowed out due to a broken hand after the second round. Bowles broke his hand in the first round while throwing his first punch of the fight. In his post-fight interview, Bowles admitted that the early injury took him out of the fight mentally. This was the second fight in a row that Bowles has broken a hand, and this seemed to break his spirit as well. Cruz was the better fighter on this night, and walked away the new WEC Bantamweight Champion, establishing himself now as the top 135-pound fighter in the world.

The co-main event saw Miguel Angel Torres lose for the second time in a row, for the first time in his 40-fight career. In just his third-ever loss, Torres got outworked by the shorter fighter. Joseph Benavidez made up for his size disadvantage by bringing some incredible spunk with him into the cage. Benavidez was able to get his strikes off quicker than Torres, and outwrestled the former WEC Bantamweight Champion. Torres, who was once thought to be near invincible, has now been humbled in ways he probably never would have imagined he could be in his last two fights. At the end of this fight, Torres was left bloodied and beaten, having tapped away any chance of competing for the bantamweight title anytime in the near future. With both Torres and Brian Bowles losing, this sets up a possible rematch of the former champions. Bowles won the WEC Bantamweight Championship from Torres before losing it to Dominick Cruz.